By Philip Himberg | Directed by Mark Brokaw
Based on the film by Tomer Heymann
In Association with Stanley Buchthal and Bob and Co, Ltd., and Eilene Davidson
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
March 29-April 29, 2018
Photo of Jon Norman Schneider, Evan D'Angeles, Kevin Shen, Chris Bloch,
Rafael Sebastian, and Ariel Felix by Stan Barouh.
This vibrant and thought- provoking musical illuminates the world of five gay male Filipino nurses in Tel Aviv who care for elderly Orthodox and Chasidic men six days a week—and headline a drag show on their day off! Based on the true story behind a 2006 Israeli documentary, the Paper Dolls is a rich, unforgettable karaoke musical about the challenges that migrant workers face while yearning for citizenship and a home. This American premiere plays as part of the 2018 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival, and is directed by veteran Broadway director Mark Brokaw.
Generously underwritten by The Richenthal Foundation,
with additional support from Debbie Goldman.
Run Time: two hours and thirty minutes, including a fifteen minute intermission
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-399-7993 ext 2
Box Office Hours
Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.
Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.
Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.
Fri March 30 at 8PM
Sat March 31 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sun April 1 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sun April 1 at 7:30PM
Mon April 2 at 8PM
Tues April 3 at 7:30 | Opening night (SOLD OUT)
Thurs April 5 at 8 PM | Post show discussion
Fri April 6 at 8PM
Sat April 7 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat April 7 at 8PM
Sun April 8 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Wed April 11 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Thurs April 12 at 11 AM | Cast talkback
Fri April 13 at 8PM
Sat April 14 at 3PM | Peace café
Sat April 14 at 8PM
Sun April 15 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sun April 15 at 7:30PM
Wed April 18 at 8PM
Thurs April 19 at 8PM | Open captions, Post show discussion
Fri April 20 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sat April 21 at 3PM | Open captions, Post show discussion
Sat April 21 at 8PM | Open captions
Sun April 22 at 3PM | Open captions, Post show discussion
Sun April 22 at 7:30PM | Open captions
Wed April 25 at 8 PM | Post show discussion
Thurs April 26 at 8 PM
Fri April 27 at 8 PM
Sat April 28 at 3 PM
Sat April 28 at 8 PM
Sun April 29 at 3 PM
"...there's something authentically endearing about Mosaic Theater Company's Paper Dolls...the show places an entertainingly offbeat spotlight on marginal lives in a society ambivalent about their presence." - Peter Marks, The Washington Post
"A delightful piece of shear entertainment...a smashing success" - Broadway World
"Illuminates a unique immigrant experience with humor and empathy...while the delightful drag stylings capture the buoyant let's-put-on-a-show spirit of The Full Monty, the dramatic performances of the Paper Dolls themselves are what elevate this fictionalized account from enjoyable entertainment to something profoundly moving." - Metro Weekly
"From start to finish, Paper Dolls is a wildly entertaining and unapologetic dramedy filled with biting contradictions, provocative imagery, and endearing characters that you can't help but root for." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"The experience of being a member of an American audience watching Israel as seen through the eyes of immigrants from the Philipines is one that's disorienting in the best way possible. Ultimately, the themes of acceptance, compassion, pride, and understanding are just as relevant in 2018 Washington, DC as they were in 2004 Tel Aviv--and the fact that they're wrapped in glittery, colorful paper only makes them that much more enjoyable to take in." - DC Theatre Scene
"What I have enjoyed most about Mosaic’s plays is in ample display when you watch Paper Dolls: there is a depth of investigation and attention to detail that starts within the chosen play and which comes alive on the stage. The ensemble works so well together to integrate their voices and movement and to perfect their accents that, for the duration of the play, you are immersed in early-aughts Tel Aviv." - The Hill is Home
"Edgy, hilarious, mind-bending and heartwarming. It’s a caution and a small miracle alive and kicking with hope, kindness and transformation." - Whisk and Quill
Meet the Artists
Philip Himberg (Playwright) co-wrote and directed Carry It On, a solo musical play for Maureen McGovern (Arena Stage, Huntington Theater, GEVA, Two Rivers). Paper Dolls had its world premiere (Tricycle Theatre, London) in 2013 and was published by Bloomsbury Methuen. His most recent play, Swimming Circles is based on his published essay “Family Albums” in the anthology “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys” (Dutton) and recently received its premiere reading (Diversionary Theater San Diego).
Philip directed the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Flora the Red Menace (Reprise LA), Bill Finn’s Elegies (west coast premiere) and for the Sundance Summer Theatre, productions of Fiddler on the Roof (Michael Rupert), Funny Girl (Judy Blazer), among others.
Since 1997 Philip has served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Under his aegis, the Institute’s developmental theatre labs have supported hundreds of artists, new plays and musicals that have gone on to production and acclaim at US regional theatres, internationally, and on Broadway (Fun Home, Indecent, Spring Awakening, Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, among others). The Theatre Program’s core international work currently focuses on an ongoing interaction with Arabic language theatre makers across the globe.
Philip is a former Tony Award nominator and past President of the Board of Theatre Communications Group. He has taught at NYU and the Yale Drama School. Mr. Himberg holds a degree as a doctor of Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist since 1985.
Mark Brokaw (Director) Broadway credits include Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Lyons, After Miss Julie, Reckless, The Constant Wife, and Cry-Baby. New York premieres include works by Douglas Carter Beane, Lisa Kron, Kenneth Lonergan, Craig Lucas, Nicky Silver, Simon Stephens, and Paula Vogel. His regional credits include the Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center, the Guthrie, Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab, and the O’Neill Theatre Conference. His work has also been seen on the West End, at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, Dublin’s Gate Theatre, and Sydney Opera House. Mark is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre in New York and a Yale School of Drama graduate.
Ariel Felix (Sally) Mosaic debut. Stage: Miss Saigon (Broadway Tour, Kennedy Center), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Oedipus Rex, Mame; Best Lead Actor for “The Engineer” in Miss Saigon (Palm Springs). Recurring roles in television shows on the ABC, CBS and NBC networks. He has worked with acclaimed directors Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon), Nicholas Hytner (Miss Saigon) and Peter Berg (Mile 22). Excited to add Mark Brokaw to this list! Ariel wrote the award-winning short film The Others, for which he received a Best Actor nomination. Thank you God, Mom, Kuya, Tom, family & friends for your love and encouragement. Big shout out to my team at Headline, WorldWide and Industry! To the WCKs: dream big, work hard!
Kevin Shen (Chiqui) is primarily based in London, England and is making his US theatre debut. Selected UK theatre credits include the world premiere of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Snow in Midsummer (Royal Shakespeare Company), the European Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face (National Theatre, Park Theatre), Chimerica (West End), Shangri-La (Finborough Theatre), and Caught (Arcola Theatre). Selected television credits include Tyrant; Pure Genius; EastEnders; 24: Live Another Day; You, Me, and the Apocalypse; and Obsession: Dark Desires. Film credits include Unlocked, The Rezort, and Close. Kevin received a BS and MA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Evan D'Angeles (Zhan) has been a proud AEA member since 1996. Broadway: Miss Saigon, Pacific Overtures (Revival), Children & Art: Sondheim 75. National Tours/Regional: RENT, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cats, Disney’s Tarzan, Here Lies Love, His Girl Friday, The Who’s Tommy, Fame, West Side Story, The King & I, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Finding Nemo The Musical, among others. Evan is an arts educator, diversity advocate, and nurturer to future broadway talent in his native home, Southern California. To the rejected and misunderstood, I dedicate this performance for your courage to live truthfully. Mahal kita. Thanks Mark & Ashley at KMR. www.evandangeles.com
Rafael Sebastian (Cheska) is making his Mosaic Theater Company debut. Regional: Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Color’s Garden: The National Gallery of Art (World Premiere); Landás: The Kennedy Center; The Fantasticks: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; The Jungle Book: Adventure Theatre MTC; Wiley and the Hairy Man: Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding TYA Production); as well as Folger Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, The Hub, Forum Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre. International/Teaching: Artists Striving to End Poverty and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School. @rafaelsebastian_
Jon Norman Schneider (Jiorgio) last appeared as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre Center. New York credits include Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/The Public), The Oldest Boy (LCT), City Of (Playwrights Realm), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango (The Public), A Map of Virtue (13P), among others. International: Paper Dolls at London's Tricycle Theatre. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance, Barrington Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Goodman, Huntington, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Magic, McCarter, Old Globe. Film: Bitter Melon (upcoming), The Girl in the Book, The Normals, The Rebound, and HBO's Angel Rodriguez. TV: Succession, Jessica Jones, Veep, The Electric Company, 30 Rock, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
John Bamberry (Etai) DC: Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wallenstein (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Age of Innocence (Arena Stage); REGIONAL: The Visit, June Moon, The Pits, Loving v. Virginia (Williamstown Theater Festival); Henry V, Church, Our Town (Chautauqua Theater Company). A recent graduate of The Juilliard School.
Chris Bloch (Chaim) National tour: “The Buddy Holly Story.” Regional theater: Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theater, Kennedy Center, ACT (Seattle), Lyric Theater OKC, Indiana Rep, Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Ford’s Theater: 1776, Liberty Smith, State of the Union, Shenandoah, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Christmas Carol. Arena Stage: Damn Yankees, Black No More, Christmas Carol '41 Everyman Theater: Uncle Vanya, Jaques Brel, ART, God of Carnage, Rabbit Hole. Signature Theater: Chess, Les Miserables, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Urinetown. Film/TV: West Wing, Damascus Road, Dakota Conflict and The Great Northfield Raid- PBS, House of Cards, WCBDC! and “Star Wars” audio for Lucas Productions.
Honors: 2012 Lunt Fontanne Fellow, Helen Hayes Award
Lise Bruneau (Adina) is making her Mosaic debut! Lise resides in DC, where her performing credits include Watch on the Rhine and Mother Courage for Arena Stage; Hamlet and Othello at Shakespeare Theatre; This and The Book Club Play at Round House; and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mikveh, (both HH nominations) and Broken Glass for Theatre J. She recently appeared on Broadway in Cherry Orchard with Diane Lane, and in various theatres across the country in such plays as The Revolutionists, Threepenny Opera, and Heartbreak House (Henry Award). Directing credits include 4,000 Miles, Savage in Limbo, Hamlet; and for Taffety Punk, the Riot Grrrls' productions of Shakespeare and many others. Lise trained at RADA, and is proud to be a Taffety Punk.
Elan Zafir (Nazari and Male Ensemble) Mosaic Theatre: Paper Dolls; Folger Theatre: Way of the World; Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The Unaccompanied Minor, Super Earth; Ford's Theatre: Ragtime, (upcoming) Twelve Angry Men; Adventure Theatre: *Jumanji (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Production); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Romeo & Juliet, Othello, *Salomé (Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble); Signature: Tender Napalm; Spooky Action Theatre: (upcoming) The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs; The Welders: Happiness (and other reasons to die); Rep Stage: Venus in Fur; Capital Fringe: Ben & Lucille. New York: New York International Fringe Festival: *Leaf in the Mailbox (Best Ensemble Award); Riant Theatre: This Is Your Life; Wings Theater: Raft of the Medusa. Television: The Making of the Mob (AMC), House of Cards (Netflix).
Brice Guerriere (Male Ensemble) is a DC based actor thrilled to make his Mosaic debut. DC AREA: Assassins (NextStop Theatre), Memphis (ArtsCentric), Parade (Keegan Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Iron Crow Theatre), The Wild Party (Iron Crow Theatre), Hunt: A Political Drama (Capital Fringe Festival), The Who's Tommy (Kensington Arts Theatre); REGIONAL: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Jackson Hole Playhouse). As always, love to Jess and love and thanks to Mom, Dad and the whole family near and far.
Chris Daileader (Ensemble/Chasid #1) is excited to be making his Mosaic Theater Company debut. Selected DC Credits: Bonnie and Clyde (Monumental Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Imagination Stage), WITCH (Convergence Theatre – Company Member), All My Sons (Peace Mountain Theatre), Salvation Road (Capitol Fringe), The Sound of Music (Bel Cantanti Opera Company), The Pillowman (Silver Spring Stage – WATCH Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor). Film credits: HAZE (available on Netflix) and Lost Holiday (post-production). Chris is the writer/director of the upcoming DesktopComedy series #FoodFeels [working title], and the Director for Picklepea Walks (see our feature in the Washington Post for more info!).
Dallas Milholland (Female Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Mosaic debut by joining the fabulous cast and crew of Paper Dolls. DC credits include Constellation Theatre Company: The Arabian Nights; Unexpected Productions: Zombie Prom; Fringe Festival 2017: Life! A Comic Opera; Source Festival 2016: Ballast. Regional: Seattle Musical Theatre: Into The Woods; Clinton Area Showboat Theatre: Sweeny Todd, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Texas Repertory Theatre: Steel Magnolias. Tour: National Players: The Tempest, As You LIke It, To Kill a Mockingbird; American Eagle Productions: Jesus Christ Superstar, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Tom Sawyer. Dallas holds an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University.